Welcome to my website

Practice Matters


Nov 2020: Site undergoing reconstruction.

Please bear with me.

The site is about three aspects of my life:

My work as an NHS GP between 1973 - 2006

My enthusiasm for photography

My interests as an amateur woodworker and woodturner 

Practice-Matters - a fascinating book about the history of general practice within the NHS

Following my retirement I wrote and published Practice matters in February 2017, a description of the advance and development of modern general practice in the 2nd half of the 20th century,. During. that time general practice rose from being in the baggage train of the NHS to become its spearhead, the central element of the service? Why? And how?


Practice Matters explains that remarkable transformation, written first-hand by a GP who practiced throughout that period in a leading-edge practice. 

Practice Matters was  Highly Commended in the  2018 British Medical Association Book Awards


Within this website you can find:

  • More detail about the book, and where to buy it.

  • A small archive of material that could not be included in the text but which may be of interest to those studying the development of the NHS.

  • An occasional blog about the NHS, and perhaps other matters if the mood so takes me.

  • The Off Duty section: We all have hobbies; these are some of mine.


I hope you find the website of interest.

Andrew Willis.